Liverpool boss hailed for taking ‘introverted’ Mane to ‘different level’

Date published: Wednesday 25th March 2020 9:45

Wisla Plock goalkeeper Thomas Dahne thinks Liverpool boss has taken Sadio Mane to a “different level” since his days at Red Bull Salzburg.

Dahne was at the Austrian side during the 2012-13 season with Mane, witnessing first-hand the Senegal international’s talent.

Mane helped Liverpool win the Champions League last season, while he has scored 14 goals as Liverpool have built up a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League this term.

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And Dahne says that although it was “difficult to predict” he would reach his current heights, you could tell the exceptional natural talent was there.

Dahne told Goal and SPOX: “He was very inconspicuous, a calm guy. The only time he was noticed was on the field, you could see immediately that he was up to it. He is now one of the stars of the Premier League and a Champions League winner.

“When he came in 2012, you could already imagine that he could be really good, but that he’d be one of the ten best players in the world eight years later? That was of course difficult to predict due to his age.

“If he had the ball at his feet and started to dribble, phew, it was as quick as lightning. As such, he was the same player he is today, of course at a different level in terms of quality.

“Klopp took him to a completely different level. He generally seemed very introverted to us and he’s humble, you can see that from all the charitable work he does for his home country.”

 

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